The Battle of Alberta used to be something else, but decades of decline in the on-ice product (in both cities) left the rivalry in ashes. Low moments and constant nadirs brought diamonds by the dozen to our part of the world, and tonight these two teams—stacked with brilliant, youthful talent—are actually playing for something important.



Peter Chiarelli has no loyalty to any of the players procured before he arrived and if we’re going to see mid-season turnover chances are those men are vulnerable. One way to make an educated guess? Check out TOI per player and compare it to a season ago.


5 things: Early Calder Candidates

View image | gettyimages.com We’re now 10 or 11 games into the season for just about everyone in the league, and already some of the wheat in the “Calder Consideration” pool is starting to separate from the chaff.



The Edmonton Oilers have Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse on the roster now, so the most NHL-ready prospect in the minors is probably Laurent Brossoit. Will we see him in Edmonton this year?


Dangle: Here Come The Oilers

Oh hello, OilersNation. Today I wanted to talk about the Edmonton Oilers. No, not just Connor McDavid – THE EDMONTON OILERS. Well, and Connor McDavid, too. He is their leading scorer. Kind of important. ANYWAY. I made a video about the Oilers for Sportsnet because the Oilers have kicked ass lately. As an outsider looking in, I…


The Nation Report Card by Print Machine

Last week we started a tradition of grading and ranking the Oilers based on how they performed throughout the week. Today we track the progress of our beloved Oilers with the second weekly report card brought to you by our friends at Print Machine. It’s time to put your teacher’s hat on. 


McDavid: Exceeding Expectations

Connor McDavid’s arrival to the NHL had been talked about for years, but despite all the hype, anticipation and excitement his play through the first 11 games has managed to exceed most people’s expectations. He is that good, and he’s only going to get better. It’s remarkable when you sit back and analyze how difficult…


The Roundup

Flames look like smoldering dumpster fire, concern early in Canucks season, Leafs losing despite obvious improvements, Oilers next ten need to be better, Byfuglien hates three on three OT, Joe Thornton trade a decade later, daily fantasy, Evander Kane and more in this week’s Nation Roundup brought to you by Draftkings. 


Why did the Edmonton Oilers acquire Eric Gryba this summer?

One of the odder moves the Edmonton Oilers made this summer was the trade with the Ottawa Senators that brought Eric Gryba to town. That’s not to say Gryba isn’t a useful NHL defenceman; he certainly is, particularly in the right circumstances. The trouble is that he was almost the exact wrong kind of depth…